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Pandemic brings sales boom, pr...

In our annual Australian-made round up, WFA spoke to some of the country's leading local manufacturers about what 2021 has looked like and the challenges they face as we move into 2022. James Boston reports.
There is no doubt that the window furnishings industry has been one of the beneficiaries... READ MORE

Heat and light

In any Australian summer, the focus on sunscreens is likely to spike, thanks to myriad benefits including heat reduction and visibility. Now, as homes evolve into work places, their ability to support multifunctional spaces is also key. WFA reports.
SHANN GROUP "Defining how rooms will be used and deciding what your temperature and light... READ MORE

Rolling on

As pandemic restrictions ease and summer approaches, new releases and solid demand in roller systems and componentry demonstrate ongoing interest in the category. WFA reports.
SHAW Shaw’s Ben Hayek says the recently released Internal Roller Blind System comprising roller blind... READ MORE

Exterior charm

WFA talks to two key exterior shutter suppliers about the current market and how their product is responding to growth of the alfresco living trend.
OZROLL INDUSTRIES Jack McDonald, General Manager of Ozroll, says the company’s external shutter range has... READ MORE

Function meets service

Privacy and protection, along with design aesthetic and durability backed by service are some of the key features emerging in the external blinds category. WFA spoke to key wholesalers about their offerings.
SHANN Melissa Vine, National Product Manager at Shann, references a “hall of fame” to place... READ MORE

Industry players continue path...

Companies across the window furnishings industry are continuing to show a commitment to not only improving environmental outcomes through their product ranges, but also the sustainability of their processes.
SOMFY'S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WEEK Somfy says it is as committed as ever to reducing the... READ MORE

Louvre systems category grows ...

Adjustable louvre systems are a growing market as customers become more aware of their solar control benefits as well as their architectural properties.
HORISO Stefano Di Giovanni, the National Sales Manager at Horiso says that there is particular... READ MORE

Software for the new normal

POS and Production Software packages are designed to deal with a host of current business challenges, from home working to online consultations. WFA reports.
BM BLINDS Michelle Macready, Sales Manager at BM Blinds says the company’s investment in software... READ MORE

Sheer delight

Sheers have been a market front runner for some time, but heightened domestic focus sparked by the pandemic has seen the category burgeon into yet more sophisticated options, promising comfort and joy. WFA reports on suppliers’ latest releases.
JAMES DUNLOP TEXTILES Annie Moir, James Dunlop Design Director - James Dunlop Textiles confirms the... READ MORE

Strong sales offset by supply ...

Despite the two most popular states in Australia being locked down for a large chunk of 2021, sales around Australia have been holding up. Meanwhile the biggest concern for retailers relates to ongoing global supply chain issues.
SOMFY SALES POSITIVE Despite Covid-19 hitting Australia hard in 2021, sales results for Somfy Oceania... READ MORE
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